ATLANTA — The Juice Online’s Matt Dagostino caught up with Boeheim’s Army center Arinze Onuaku following its 73-69 over Armored Athlete in the Super 16. Onauku led the way with 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting. Here’e what he had to say:
The Juice Online: What do you think of the ELAM ending? It seemed to add a little excitement.
Arinze Onuaku: It’s definitely different. It’s got pros and cons, I guess, to everything. The biggest thing when you get to that point is that you get a good shot every time. We took a couple bad one and they got a couple 3s and then it got interesting. We just have to be better next game knowing that our seven points, we have to get a good shot every time. It’s not about about getting two quick 3s. Every time, just make sure you get a good one.
TJO: What was the explanation the officials were giving you about you getting intentionally fouled at the end of the game?
AO: They don’t know the rules, I don’t think. If someone fouls me, I’m making a basketball play, that’s fine. But I’m at halfcourt and the ball’s up there, I don’t get it. The whole point of ELAM is to stop the fouling but they’re doing it at the end. I guess it’s up to them to figure out what to do.
TJO: Have you kept up with the Syracuse basketball team? What are your thoughts on this year’s roster?
AO: To be honest, I came there last season when I left the Orlando Magic. I don’t know who they have this year. I know [Frank] Howard. Tyus Battle. I don’t know much of the team right now. I know as soon as the season goes I’ll be locked in and see how it goes of course.
TJO: There were a lot of Syracuse fans here down in Atlanta. What does that mean to you?
AO: It’s been the same way since I was there. You go to Florida. They’re there. You to go the West Coast they’re there. Cuse Nation is big for us. I’m just glad they’re traveling with us.